Ketron Jackson runs with the football during Royse City's 47-7 victory over Kaufman.

  The Royse City Bulldogs (7-1, 5-1) combined a stifling defense and a high-octane offense to shut down the Kaufman Lions (1-7, 1-5) 47-7 in District 8-5A-II football.

  Royse City senior quarterback Tyson Oliver turned in his best performance of the season, completing 13 of 17 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns. Oliver added early scoring for the Bulldogs by rushing for a 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

  On a cold, rainy and windy night at Royse City ISD Stadium, the penalty flags were flying early and often. But what was unusual was the Bulldogs scoring three safeties on the Kaufman offense. One safety is unusual, but three are unheard of in one ball game. And that’s how the scoring started for Royse City as Kaufman snapped the football out of the end zone for a safety with 10:31 to play in the first quarter.

  And it was the Royse City defense that added a defensive touchdown when senior outside linebacker John Klump recovered a fumble in the end zone.

  Payton Petroff caught a 25-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter from Oliver and Kaufman got on the board to start the second quarter as Raikyvion Shaw found a seam and sprinted 85 yards for the Lions’ only touchdown. Yael Sandoval kicked the extra point to trail the Bulldogs 16-7.

  Klump had his hands on the football for what looked like another defensive touchdown for the talented Bulldog linebacker, however the referees ruled that Kaufman controlled the loose ball in the end zone and it was   yet another safety and two points for the Bulldogs.

  With 27 seconds remaining in the first half, Oliver connected with Ahmon Petty-Dozier on a 57-yard touchdown pass. Anthony Ortiz kicked the extra point to give Royse City a 32-7 first half lead.

  One minute and twenty seconds deep into the third quarter Oliver spotted Petroff on a Bulldog sideline pattern, the senior tailback made an unbelievable move to stay inbounds and then raced to the end zone for a 51-yard touchdown pass. The kick by Ortiz was good as the Bulldogs were running away with a 39-7 lead.

Joe Vera Cruz went into the ball game in the third quarter and the sophomore quarterback quickly tossed an amazing 11-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Michael Alphin. The point after failed as the Bulldogs took a 45-7 lead.

  The only scoring in the final period was, you guessed it, another safety as Kaufman again snapped the ball out of the end zone on a fourth-down punting situation. The game began with a safety and ended with a safety to give the Bulldogs their fifth district win of the season.

  Royse City will travel to North Forney this Friday as the Bulldogs take on the Falcons at Forney City Stadium. Kickoff is 7:30.

Offensive Player of the Week

  In just a little over one half of play, senior quarterback Tyson Oliver completed 13 of 17 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns.  Oliver also rushed for a touchdown and gained 50 yards on just eight carries. For his 302-yard performance, Oliver more than earned our offensive player of the week honors.

Defensive Player of the Week

  The Bulldog defense is playing beyond comprehension every week. This week the Bulldog defense not only held the Kaufman Lions to only 135 total yards, but they also scored three safeties and a touchdown. Just what the Bulldog defense scored was enough to defeat the Kaufman Lions, but what linebacker John Klump did was score a touchdown recovering a fumble in the end zone and also made a tackle in end zone for a safety.  So actually John Klump scored enough points to have beaten the Lions.  For his efforts we proudly name John Klump as our defensive player of the week.

     Last Week’s Results

Royse City 47, Kaufman 7

North Forney 50, Terrell 28

Greenville 25, Sulphur Springs 13

Corsicana 7, Forney 0

Ennis — Bye Week

Rockwall 35, Tyler Lee 32

Caddo Mills 50, Farmersville 7

Red Oak 84, Dallas Conrad 0

Nevada Community, 43 Lincoln 6

Hooks 31, Mount Vernon 14

Sunnyvale 49, Dallas Roosevelt 0

Lucas Lovejoy 28, Lake Dallas 26

Denton Braswell 49, Princeton 32

Gilmer 28, Pittsburg 6

Denison 28, Frisco Memorial 21

Celeste 14, Tom Bean 6

    This Week’s Schedule and Predictions

Royse City at North Forney — Royse City by 12

Ennis at Corsicana — Ennis by 17

Sulphur Springs at Kaufman — Sulphur Springs by 10

Forney at Greenville — Greenville by 6

Terrell — Bye Week

Lake Dallas at Denton Braswell — Braswell by 10

Denison at Lucas Lovejoy — Denison by 3

Frisco at Frisco Memorial — Frisco by 18

Red Oak at Spruce — Red Oak by 24

Princeton at Lebanon Trail — Princeton by 7

Gunter at Henrietta — Gunter by 14

Community at Caddo Mills — Caddo Mills by 18

Lincoln at Sunnyvale — Sunnyvale by 31

Mesquite at Rockwall — Rockwall by 14

Wylie at North Garland — Wylie by 9

Collinsville at Celeste — Celeste by 3

   Royse City at North Forney Preview

 Royse City (7-1, 5-1) at North Forney (5-3, 3-3) is a must-win for both football teams. Royse City can clinch a playoff spot with a win over North Forney. North Forney can keep a very slim hope of making a playoff spot by a win over the Bulldogs. Royse City won five district games in 2018, but did not make the playoffs. The Bulldogs claimed that this season was unfinished business and that would not be the case in 2019. Royse City’s offense is really making big strides despite the 17-14 victory over Greenville two weeks ago. A 27-point win over Corsicana and a 40-point margin of victory over Kaufman are indications that the passing connections and the rushing yardage is beginning to mount up.

  And last Friday night saw the Bulldogs’ reserves putting in serious game-time experience, which eludes well to the depth of the entire team.

  North Forney has an impressive team and it has have a quarterback on the verge of passing for 1,000 yards and a runner that is gaining on the 1,000 yard mark as well. Jacob Acuna is the Falcons’ junior quarterback that has thrown 11 touchdowns and only four interceptions in 116 attempts. Acuna’s completion percentage is at 44 percent, but his targets are capable receivers.

  Nick Booe has 12 receptions for 349 yards and two touchdowns and DeJuan Johnson has 19 receptions for 293 yards and three touchdowns. The leading rusher for North Forney is Ty Collins with 137 carries for 959 yards and 12 touchdowns. One of Collins’ best games was against Greenville when he carried the ball 24 times for 237 yards and three touchdowns. The Falcons had 532 total yards in that game but still lost by 11 points as Greenville added 21 fourth quarter points to gain the all-important district contest.

  It is a given that North Forney likes to run the football, but the Falcons can move it downfield through the air if need be.

  North Forney is 3-1 at home and its point differential is the third-best in the district. The only other two teams better than the Falcons at points scored versus points scored against are Ennis and Royse City.

  Royse City needs this win to secure a higher seed in the district for the playoffs. That is important because it gives the Bulldogs the choice of where they want to play in the first round of the playoffs. North Forney just needs the win to have a chance at the playoffs. But that is also the case for the Bulldogs because they have two games remaining on their schedule with North Forney and Terrell.

  This playoff picture can become very clouded when three teams are vying for two positions and that is the case this week with Greenville, North Forney and Royse City in the hunt for postseason play.

  North Forney has five victories this season, with wins over Frisco Heritage 45-24, Wylie East 56-7, Forney 57-10, Kaufman 48-20 and Terrell 50-28. The Falcons’ losses are to Ennis 33-14, Corsicana 27-24 and Greenville 49-38.

  Royse City’s rushing offense ranks No. 2 in all of the Class 5A area schools with 2,359 yards rushing. North Forney has rushed for 1,729 yards. Passing yardage, the Bulldogs have thrown for 1,326 yards and North Forney has 1,037 yards. Total offense, the Bulldogs have 3,685 and North Forney has accumulated 2,766 total yards. The Bulldogs average 461 yards per game, while the Falcons are averaging 346 yards every game.

  In the scoring department, North Forney is averaging 41 points per game and Royse City averages 31 points.  However, North Forney has not faced a defense like Royse City. The Bulldogs allow only 12 points per game and that is 29 points less per game than the Falcons are accustomed to scoring each outing. North Forney’s defense is allowing 25 points per contest.

  So what all of these numbers relate to is that this game will still have to be settled on the field of play and for 48 minutes. Both teams should be extremely motivated and North Forney will have the home field advantage, but Royse City brings a fan base that is like a home game for the Bulldogs.

  The overlying intangibles for Royse City are an increasingly motivated Royse City football program, high level experienced coaching from proven winning programs, an experienced talented senior-laden Bulldog football team, a very prideful defense that does not want ANY points scored on them, talented skill position depth at the sophomore and junior level, consistent special teams play, returning injured starters, leadership and cohesiveness within the team structure, winning attitudes have overtaken the structure of the team, student body support (band, cheer, drill team and mascot influence) and a very loud and proud parent and community fan base.

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